Sunday, June 23, 2024

Rose Rachel looks back on a year like no other

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2023 will be one of the last public appearances for Rosemount native Rachel Duffy in her role as Rose of Tralee. She said the festival will be “bittersweet” but is very excited nonetheless to participate in the ‘craic agus ceol’ around Mullingar before her crown is handed over on 22 August.

It’s been a life-changing year for Rachel who made history last August by becoming Westmeath’s first ever Rose of Tralee champion in the competitions 64-year history. She said one of the year’s highlights was visiting India through The Hope Foundation, an experience which changed the way she saw the world.

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